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Carolyn Elizabeth (Collins) Howell

April 13, 1940 ~ October 17, 2021 (age 81)


Carolyn Elizabeth Collins Howell, known as "Dama" to her family, went home to be with the Lord on October 17th, after a "fight" with cancer.  Carolyn was born April 13, 1940, to Elizabeth and Noble Collins and spent her childhood in Ft. Worth, Texas.  She "went to see Jesus "  in Aledo, Texas with her family by her side.  She was lovingly cared for by her son, Jonathon Jones, supported and aided by his brothers and sisters.
Carolyn was known for her advocacy for many causes and if someone needed advice, support or a "sounding board", she was just a phone call away.  She brightened every room and filled it with laughter, stories, and an insatiable curiosity.  Carolyn accepted challenges, accepted people, and will be remembered for small and large gestures of kindness.

Her parents and grandparents predeceased her, leaving her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren to remember her.  She is survived by her sons, Michael Sugg and his wife Dorothy and son, Michael Joel, and daughter Maxine DeMas and husband Brian Hoisington and son Jakob, Jonathon Jones and his children, Yara, Grayson, Francheska, and Gabriella Jones and Christopher Sugg of San Angelo.  Her daughters are Erin Sugg of Aledo and her daughters, Emmaline Martin of Philadelphia and her daughters, Cecilia, Olivia and Isabella and Katie Foster and husband Theodore and children Noble and Teddi Foster. Her other daughter is Meredith M. Reidel, husband Matthew J. Riedel and daughter Mackenzie E. Reidel, also of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Carolyn’s other daughter is Penny Sugg of San Angelo. and her daughters, Cassandra Sugg and Lauren Sugg Lakey and her husband David J. Lakey,.  She is also survived by her sister, Sarah Jane Harding and husband Tom as well as Jeffrey and Wyatt Harding, her nephews. She is remembered by great grandchildren whom she adored.  

Carolyn was a consummate salesperson for years and later earned two Masters Degrees, one from TCU and one from Stephen F. Austin specializing in Sociology and Social Work.  She became an educator, teaching for Eastern OK State College and Southeaster OK State University in Idabel, Oklahoma. She continued to teach for Tyler Junior College and University of Texas, Tyler.  Her students will remember her.......

Carolyn also held many board positions in Tyler which included non-profit organizations.  She was on the National Alliance on Mental Health board (NAMI) and served on the Hand Up Network while living in Tyler. However, she contributed intellect, time and effort into many Tyler causes which she loved.

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October 22, 2021

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Dale Chapel Baptist Church
620 W. Glenwood Ave
Tyler, TX 75701

Funeral Service
October 23, 2021

12:00 PM
Dale Chapel Baptist Church
620 W Glenwood Blvd
Tyler, TX 75701

Interment following funeral service
October 23, 2021

First Baptist Church of Judson Cemetery
2038 FM Road 1844
Longview, TX 75605

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